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CAS 405 - Family Communication Theory and Research

Professor: Jon F. Nussbaum
Office: 319 Sparks
Phone: (814) 863-3616
Email: jnf5@psu.edu 

Family Communication Theory and Research emphasizes the current theoretical and methodological scholarship concentrating upon family interaction as a core mechanism that defines our understanding of the structural and functional nature of the family across the life span. The course focuses upon the complex and dynamic nature of content and relationship messages and the role of communication in constituting family meanings. In addition, this course emphasizes the culture and societal influences that impact the way people define family and determine what they feel is competent family interaction.

Course Objectives

  1. To introduce students to the fundamental issues in the study of family communication.
  2. To explore communication similarities differences in a variety of family types and family relationships.
  3. To explore the role of family communication during times of family crisis.
  4. To engage in family communication research.